Sunday 18 August 2019

Madonna ignores call to boycott Eurovision

Madonna has been urged to abandon plans to play Eurovision. Photo: PA
Madonna has been urged to abandon plans to play Eurovision. Photo: PA

Keiran Southern

Madonna is set to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel despite calls to boycott the event.

The 60-year-old singer is reportedly set to perform two songs in Tel Aviv on May 18, including a classic track and a new single.

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Madonna's decision to appear, confirmed by a representative, could prove controversial after stars including Pink Floyd's Roger Waters called for a boycott.

Waters, as well as fellow musician Brian Eno and film-makers Ken Loach and Mike Leigh put their names to a letter published in the 'Guardian' backing an appeal from Palestinian artists.

It said: "We, the undersigned artists from Europe and beyond, support the heartfelt appeal from Palestinian artists to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 hosted by Israel.

"Until Palestinians can enjoy freedom, justice and equal rights, there should be no business-as-usual with the state that is denying them their basic rights."

Other signatories include novelist Yann Martel, actress Julie Christie, writer and director Peter Kosminsky and British band Wolf Alice.

The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is due to be held in Israel after the 2018 contest was won by Israel entry Netta with her song 'Toy'.

Irish Independent

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